It’s My Community Store works with Reno Rebirth Blog

We are excited to say that recently we have been doing a lot of work with the Reno Rebirth Blog.  Jenifer, our CEO is doing monthly posts on what the Reno area can do to better the community, you can see the first post by clicking the link below.

How even a tiny business can show some community love

In addition to the monthly posts, It’s My Community Store was featured in a story by Mark Robison on Sunday. The story included several local businesses that are giving back to their community and of course our section about turning office supplies and printer supplies into funds for more than 50 non-profits.  Take a look at the article and what all these great businesses are doing for charities, non-profits, and their communities.

Charity drive: Some Northern Nevada businesses make helping others a key part of what they do

Non-profit fundraising opportunity

Reno Non-profit fundraising is an ongoing process that needs some creative ideas and some hard work. Here is some more non-profit fundraising ideas.

The standard for many non-profits is to solicit the board members. An annual amount can be established and they may donate their own funds or petition their friends and family for support.

Create a service that clients may come to pay for this service. And it is usual that if monetary value is placed to a service or good, the client is more likely to place it of higher value and will often hold to their attendance.

If your Reno Non-Profit Fundraiser is brought to the public, and hosted through an annual Reno Fundraising event, you’ll gain supporters from all walks of life. We suggest adding a raffle or silent auction to bring in funds while creating an interactive experience for supporters.

Sub-lease some space. If you have a large building or lots of land, you may sub-lease it to small businesses, individuals, or non-profits to create some extra revenue.

Don’t overlook the donation. A time-honored method that has supported non-profits for years.

Hire a grant writer to find and obtain grants from a wide assortment of sources.

Email campaigns. Email is free, collect a list of sponsors, supporters, and volunteers that are likely to donate in the future.

Some not only want to give their love, time, and money to your Reno Non-profit fundraiser, but they may be inclined to leave an estate or endowment after they passaway.

While on the subject of the grim and unfortunate, you could give honor to loved ones and allow others to purchase memorials for their loved ones, living or not.

Ideas for Reno Non-profit fundraising

Every Non-profit should have a form of fundraising guideline, whether based with in the structure of the non-profit, or a separate plan in and of itself. Being a non-profit, it is always a struggle to raise funds, so having a fundraising plan with objectives is crucial.

Grants and contracts are the typical norm, but there is also methods like selling advertisement space on a website or in a publication. The best method really depends on your Non-profit and what best suits your supporters and how your non-profit runs.

you can apply to governmental or foundation grants based on your what your Non-profit’s mission is. Always be clear on what areas that the governmental agency or the foundation’s grant will be funding so you are not wasting your time or theirs with undefined guides.

Your Reno Non-profit fundraising may also come from governmental, state, or private party contracts to provide selective services for them.

Branch your organization into a small business. Create a business plan that can generate revenue for your non-profit, which also gives some of those that would volunteer for you a paid income so they can continue to help you grow.

Combine efforts with a local company that is in favor of your Reno non-profit fundraiser, you can work with the company to run a fundraising campaign that can be supported by their clients and their employees.

Create a volunteer program that allows you to save money where it would normally cost you to hire staff, volunteers can also seek to find other sponsors.

Merchandising! Followers love to show their support while also supporting you financially. So selling products with your logo, whether logo wear or other product that your supporter would love to use and show off.

In exchange for a small fee or purchase of material, you can host workshops, training seminars, conferences, etc. You can also work with other non-profits that may share similar expertise or goals as yours. Don’t forget your staff and supporters have amazing abilities that others would love to learn.

A common fundraising opportunity some Non-profits do is supply memberships that give supporters access to special events, newsletters, or other perks. (such as art museums) You may be able to set up a tiered system to give the option of various degrees of benefits for varying levels of financial support.

Gain a working relationship with for-profit corporations that share your mission or goals. They may advertise your organization and fund some of your endeavors.

Online Fundraising Tips – Part III

Last two weeks we gave some tips on your Online Fundraiser.

  • Online Fundraising Tip 9: Ultimately… Be you. It’s not all about "Join us" "donate now" "Tell everyone!" There is a philosophy growing across the internet, the giant Google is down to earth and corny, they do a goofy april fool’s joke every year, they have subtle jokes all across their documentation and help, and not to mention the Google Doodle that appears everyonce in awhile that changes out the Google logo. People love creativity and fun posts.

And finally…

  • Online Fundraising Tip 10: Be professional. Being human is a great way to have supporters warm up to you. But, use common sense when it comes to posting on social media. You have a presence that people look to, so give them something to be proud of. Instruct the staff to do so as well, like no wild, and crazy party pictures, that type of thing. Obviously don’t be rude or crude.

Thank you for reading through these tips, I hope they are helpful for your Sacramento Fundraiser.

Read Part I & Part II

Online Fundraising Tips – Part II

For Non-profit organization fundraisers, the current state of affairs is bleak, but many have utilized the power of the internet for Online Fundraising. We present to you our second round of tips on how to use social media for your Sacramento fundraiser.

  • Online Fundraising Tip 5: Keep everyday, events, and online fundraising campaign interactions separate. Have the employees answer inquiries and provide or direct to useful information, always have them be courteous and genuine. But, when in campaign mode, it’s best to have everyone provide consistent and structured information and answers.
  • Online Fundraising Tip 6: Stay organized. Providing information is great! Providing the same information over and over…. that’s not so great. So mix it up, a suggestion is to have themes for days of the week; whether it’s sending texts, asking for donations, providing a story (sad or inspiring), etc. Keep it on schedule.
  • Online Fundraising Tip 7: Stay on top of things! This can’t be stressed enough, staying on top of things and being consistent, without large gaps of downtime lets people know that you’re there and you’re proactive about what you do. People can grow to depend on you to provide information, graphics, or trivia.
  • Online Fundraising Tip 8: Set up a FAQ. You’ll get lots of questions, figure out between 20-50 of the most common questions. Prep yourself, your staff, and your supporters on the best answers to these.

These tips should help you out for this week. We’ll have more next week, so stay tuned

View Part I

Reno Non-Profit Fundraising Programs

To a Reno Non-profit Fundraisers are essential to success, a simple fundraising program can be the key. By embracing few or many Reno fundraising ideas, donors get a choice when helping your organization. They want to help, but don’t quite want what your one Reno fundraiser idea is. Give them multiple things to give back. This strategy also opens multiple sources of donation income which will take a much longer time to run dry..

There are many fundraising opportunities out there, but getting overwhelmed by the business of fundraising can take the fun right out of the fundraiser. Easy to manage and get going is the best course of action for a non-profit that will allow you to get the money you need and get back to doing what you love.

How to do a fundraiser

Reno Fundraising opportunities can be fairly easy, given a cooperation between every body.

If you need some money for your Reno School Fundraiser, the old way would be to order your own supplies, order marketing material, once you get it, you’d go an try to sell some products to tons of people, only a few buying because it wasn’t anything they wanted to buy, you handle money & product. You could lose time and money this way.

Now with It’s My Community Store, we’ll help you with all this. All you have to do is call us at 1-855-720-2911 for Registration information and a set-up form, we’ll put you on the site instantly to start earning money. We’ll give you FREE marketing materials to hand out including, mailing inserts, announcement flyers, newsletter inserts and more! We’ll even help you to have a successful Reno Fundraiser.

Each time one of your supporters places and order, you’ll earn up to 10% of their order.

Fundraising Safety Tips


To some it’s a very scary world out there, especially to concerned parents. When a school asks children to step in to do field trip fundraising, sports team fundraising, and other Reno school fundraising, it can be nerve racking to set the kids out to sell something to strangers.

Below are a few Reno fundraising ideas to keep your children safe.

  • For Reno School Fundraisers, notify the school admin office so they are aware. They may also offer some advice, safety tips, or some Reno fundraiser ideas
  • Door-to-door sales is outdated and an unsafe practice. Though it seems like a good idea to get kids out there to make sales, it’s dangerous to do this in todays world. Instead, as parents, be involved, make phone calls, emails, or use social networking. Also, only contact friends, family, and people you know are safe.
  • Be involved, use any fundraising ideas as a learning tool to teach safety and etiquette, as well as how to present themselves. It’s My Community Store makes it easy to do Online Fundraising, but the Internet makes it easy for you kids to get in trouble, so always be with your child to take the wheel and lead a safe trip.
  • Be the banker! Several times in fundraising history, children have gotten in trouble by money getting lost. Sometimes no one is to blame, other times kids don’t know better. It’s My Community Store takes care of money handling and distribution, so with us this isn’t really a concern. But, it is advice for any kind of fundraising idea.
  • Communication is key. Stay in touch with people, let them know what’s going on. Make it clear how the fundraiser works, what it’s for, etc. Don’t rely on kids to give a message to anyone, they forget, get the message wrong, or don’t understand themselves what they are saying. Phone calls, emails, bulletins, flyers, announcements (Online is best) all can help the terms of safety.

It’s My Community Store encourages the safety of children when fundraising, but also for them to have fun!

For your Reno Fundraising Opportunity choose It’s My Community Store!

School Activities : School Fundraiser Ideas

Cheryle Hahn, an Elementary School Teacher, offers some great advise for fundraising ideas:

There are four main school fundraising categories. Explore how to raise funds for your school with the help of a certified teacher in this free video.

Expert: Cheryle Hahn
Bio: Cheryle Hahn has been an elementary school teacher for 21 years.
Filmmaker: Kevin Hahn

Series Description: Elementary school students learn through every classroom activity. Create interesting and educational lesson plans with the help of a fifth grade teacher in this free video series.

Video on Youtube by eHow Family

Be the UNITY in Your CommUNITY

Right now at It’s My Community Store, we are hosting a fundraiser with our partner, ifoster.org.

Be the UNITY in Your CommUNITY

Mission:

We believe that small sacrifices, when made by many can have a big impact on a community. When people UNITE anything is possible.

Goal:

To raise $200,000 across four geographical areas ($50,000 for each area) through education, awareness and small donations. This money will be used to create back-to-school kits for underprivileged youths in the Washoe County, NV, Treasure Valley, ID, Sacramento, CA and Central Valley, CA areas.

Our Fundraising Plan:

  • Be the Unity in your Community will run from April 15, 2012 through July 15, 2012
  • We have set up a donation platform through our website, Itsmycommunitystore.com and social media platforms. Donations will be $5, $10, $25, or other. If you would like to donate by check please send directly to It’s My Community Store or ifoster and note that it is for the Unity Campaign.
  • All of the money raised (minus credit card processing fees) will be used to create back-to-school supply kits for vulnerable children in the respective areas. For example, if the Treasure Valley area raises $50,000 they will receive the retail value of $50,000 in school supplies. If Northern Nevada raises $70,000 they will receive the retail value of $70,000 in school supplies.
  • The school supplies will be purchased from It’s My Community Store. It’s My Community Store will build relevant age appropriate back-to-school kits with supplies that are recommended by the local school districts. These kits will be delivered to iFoster and the appropriate schools and agencies in August 2012. iFoster will work with the agencies and schools in each area to assure proper delivery to the children.
  • It’s My Community Store will be donating an additional 10 percent of the total amount raised to the area that raises the most funds. This donation will be used to build additional school kits for that area.

About Our Partner:

iFoster

iFoster helps raise our most vulnerable children. Their programs provide life changing resources for at-risk youth, helping guide them to becoming independent successful adults.

iFoster’s community supports over 1,000, 000 children across 50 states. Members include thousands of formal and informal foster care families, low income families, emancipated youth along with other nonprofits and government departments in 26 states.

The Issue:

Over 4,000,000 children are being raised outside of their biological homes. More than 800,000 a year are removed from their homes due to abuse, violence or neglect and are placed in formal foster care. The foster care system is under-funded and stretched beyond capacity. An additional 3,000,000 live outside of formal foster care with relatives, often with little support.

We believe that a simple back-to-school kit can be the start of a successful academic year for these children.

The outcome for these children is dismal:

  • 46% drop out of high school or fail to get GED by 19
  • 50% will become homeless
  • 50% will be unemployed
  • 25% will be incarcerated
  • 3% will earn their bachelor’s degree

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